Baseball Defeats Mississippi State 6-1 in Final Game of Series|
April 16, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Sophomore right-hander Adam Hill limited 13th ranked Mississippi State to just one run on four hits and a five-run eighth inning was enough to lift eighth-ranked South Carolina to a 6-1 win over the Bulldogs. The Gamecocks improve to 22-13 on the year and 8-7 in league play with MSU falling to 25-13 overall and 10-5 in the SEC.
Senior left-hander Josh Reagan earned the win in relief after allowing only two hits with one strikeout in two innings of relief. He is now 4-1 on the year. Freshman left-hander Trysten Barlow suffered the loss and is now 0-2 on the season. He gave up two runs on one hit with one walk in 0.1 innings of relief.
With the game tied at 1-1 heading into the eighth inning, Carolina added five runs on three singles and a double to take a 6-1 lead and junior right-hander Tyler Johnson closed out the game with two strikeouts in the top of the ninth.
Mississippi State would go ahead 1-0 in the sixth inning. Jake Mangum led off with a double to center, Brent Rooker was intentionally walked and Ryan Gridley doubled to right field to give the Bulldogs the first run of the game.
Carlos Cortes evened the score in the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot to right field, his third of the series and fourth homer of the season.
South Carolina went ahead 6-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jacob Olson led off with a single to left field, Cortes walked and Chris Cullen set down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners in scoring position. Alex Destino was intentionally walked to load the bases for Jonah Bride, who lifted a sacrifice fly to right field and give the Gamecocks a one-run lead. LT Tolbert singled up the middle to score Cortes and Destino then went on to steal second and be driven in by a double from Matt Williams. Madison Stokes got in on the action to add the final run of the inning as he knocked in Williams with a single to center.